The risk of dying from cancer has steadily decreased for nearly two decades, meaning that by 2019 About 3.5 million deaths from this disease will be avoided In the United States, on Wednesday New annual report From American Cancer Society.
The 32% reduction in cancer deaths since 1991 has been largely supported by people who quit smoking, What has been translated to? Reduction in lung cancer cases or other related parties, the details of this organization.
the New treatments for colorectal and breast cancer have also helped The report added that the number of people infected with this disease died fewer.
In 2019 – the year the report provided the latest numbers – there were 146 cancer deaths per 100,000 people. In 1991, the year those deaths peaked, there were 215 deaths per 100,000 people, according to the report.
“Progress against cancer has accelerated in the past decade due to advances in early detection, surgical techniques, and targeted therapies (…) some modern therapies have been particularly notable because they have been able to treat challenging cancers, such as metastatic melanoma and lung cancer,” the association said.
The organization said despite the progress The high incidence of breast cancer and the advanced stage at which prostate cancers are detected are a concern.
He said that Considered even more “worrisome” persistent racial, social and economic divides that make minorities such as Hispanics less able to access treatments that can prevent cancer, such as receiving the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine.
Cancer deaths in 2022
For this year, the organization estimated that 609,360 people will die of cancer In the United States, an average of 1,700 deaths per day.
The incidence will be higher for lung, prostate, and colorectal cancer in men; And diseases of the lung, breast and colon among women, according to the report.
While there has been a sharp decline in deaths from lung cancer, this type of cancer will cause the most deaths this year.
“More than 350 people will die each day (by 2022) from lung cancer, which is more deaths than prostate, breast and pancreatic cancers combined,” the association said.